For Jovie: Adopt, Don’t Shop

We may be a little radio silent for a couple of days. Our challenge will continue and we will make sure to cheer all of you on, but we thought we should share why we ourselves have not been taking care of our own health the past couple of days…

Two nights ago, we very unexpectedly lost our baby girl, Jovie. She had been 100% fine and healthy, but then went into congestive heart failure, which made it hard for her to breath and created a blood clot in her leg, causing her to become paralyzed. This all happened within 10 minutes on Tuesday morning. It was the longest day of our lives, and hearing that there was nothing we could or could have done, just made it worse. Thankfully we were able to hold and kiss her as she passed away in our arms.

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The past couple of days we have cried a lot. We have not eaten much, nor worked out. We know that this is not healthy at all, nor something we would ever promote. However, we wanted to use this time to help others know that we are just as human as you. We make mistakes, we hurt, and we do not always care for ourselves. But we have also realized just how important being healthy is. It goes so far beyond eating well and working out. Yes, we still want you to eat well and workout, but we want you to remember to take care of your happiness. Enjoy life. Enjoy moments. Go get a massage, go take a trip, or maybe even go finally adopt that pet you’ve been telling your kids you will get someday. Taking care of yourself in these ways, contributes to your overall health and wellness, and the joy that Jovie brought to us is just indescribable.

With that being said, as painful as it was to lose our baby girl after just 1 year, 3 months, and 15 days, we would do it all over again to have that time with our Jovie Bear. David and I will be sponsoring adult kitties at the shelter where we found Jovie (or where she chose us), so if you are thinking of adopting, please do it!

To help us cope, we put together this little video montage for our munchkins. Yes, we are crazy cat parents and so proud!

Below, if you’d like to read it, David wrote up a beautiful tribute to our baby, that sums her up perfectly! Thank you all for your kind words and well wishes. We have been receiving your messages and they mean the world to us. We’ll be back to burning it off with you soon!

A Tribute to Ms. Jovie “Boobinator” Fairburn.

When Elyse and I brought home our Ms. Jovie from the shelter on November 16th, 2014, little did we know how much she would change our lives.  She was 9 (16?) at the time and while we had our worries about adopting an older cat, we knew Jovie was the one for us and needed to be a part of our home and our family.  As Jovie would put it, she chose us to be her humans, and we were thrilled to be able to take her home.

We were told when we brought her home to keep her in a small room like a bathroom to get her acclimated.  She put up with that for all of 5 minutes.  We also tried feeding her every different kind of food she was used to having at the shelter.  She didn’t eat for 2 days.  This would only be the beginning of her awesome personality that we instantly fell in love with.  It was the beginning of our baby girl and munchkin being our little “boobinator”.

Jovie was amazing at running security at our condo.  She looked out for us from her perch.  She greeted us at the front door, in the shower, and at our bedroom door.  She was always with us and curious about everything we were doing.  She shot us amazing looks of disapproval, but also love.  We like to think we broke her tough exterior as after just a little while with us, she couldn’t hold in her love for us – and we couldn’t hold in ours for her.  Her hours and days-long greeting when we came back from our trip to Hawaii was one for the ages.

I will always remember all of her little quirks and her amazing personality.  Her love of snow, her strict sleeping schedule, her freak sessions with blankie (BJ), her sit up stomach cleanings, her hatred of birds, her scaredy cat nature with fireworks, drums, and most of all snow shoveling, her love of pickups from mommy, and her coming home from work greetings for me.  Jovie made us so happy with everything we have.  She made everything OK when we were sad, and everything that much better when we were happy.  She was one of the gang, one of the three amigos, and nothing else mattered when the three amigos were all together hanging out.

Jovie was taken from us in the most heart-wrenching and painful day I can ever remember.  One minute she was greeting me at the door after my morning run, snacking on her favorite tender tuna, and getting ready to settle in with her blankie.  And in the next 15 minutes, our lives changed again, as she lost the feeling in her back legs and was vomiting non-stop.  Our poor baby girl had congestive heart failure and a blood clot in her hind legs.  She was in unimaginable pain.  However, being able to get her to the hospital, and relieve some of the pain was something I will never take for granted.  The last couple of hours we spent with her holding her and petting her were truly precious moments.  She passed in our arms that night, and in much more peace than the craziness of the morning.  It was the worst day of our lives.

I reflect back so grateful for our 1 year, 3 months, and 15 days with her.  I never could have imagined how happy bringing her into our lives would make us.  Elyse would always send me pick me up pictures and videos while I was at work with Jovie’s status – usually sleeping or a look of disapproval that I was at work.  These are precious moments I will never forget.  While the end was horrible, and the time was short, I would do it all over again to have that amount of times with such an incredible cat, companion, and amigo.  We love you so much Ms. Jovie, our munchkin, partner in crime, and boobinator general.  We hope you are in peace and watching down on us with your perfect booby look.

RIP Munchkins

Top 7 Natural Health Remedies

Cold and flu season is in full swing! And sometimes, no matter how careful or healthy you are, you can get sick. It’s okay. It happens. The winter and spring can be especially tough when it can sometimes be 70 degrees one day and 30 degrees the next.

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Believe it or not, both Elyse and I have asthma. I have practically grown out of it, but Elyse hasn’t been so lucky. To top it off, she is allergic to all kinds of trees and animals, so we understand how frustrating it can be to get sick and not feel 100%. And in case you were wondering, yes, Elyse is allergic to our cat, but a.) she did not care, and b.) she has thankfully gotten used to Jovie after quite an eventful adjustment period!

Now, when it comes to aiding ailments, Elyse and I are by no means opposed to taking medication.  We know that sometimes we may need more than a natural remedy.  However, if we can avoid taking pills and opt for something natural, then we always try that first! Here are some at home items that you can incorporate into your daily routine to help prevent and aid ailments:

  • Tea! This is an easy one. Tea, especially green tea, can be hugely beneficial for you! Not only does it aid in increasing your metabolic rate to help you burn fat faster, but it can also help prevent certain diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, lower cholesterol, and reduce/relieve allergy symptoms!

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  • Raw local honey.  Not only is honey a great natural sweetener for foods and smoothies, but it can also aid in medical symptoms as well. Buy honey that is local to your area because it can help your body adjust to your environment and allergens (this is one Elyse lives by to help with her allergies).  Honey can also sooth sore throats, help to improve your skin, and provide you with antioxidants to help fight off diseases.
  • Ginger. If you are feeling nauseated, ginger is your friend! If you experience a lot of motion sickness or are starting to feel sick, then taking ginger capsules is best, but you can always mix some fresh ginger up in warm tea too. Or, if you think you are getting a head cold, taking ginger juice shots can be a great way to help you fight off a cold too.
  • Feverfew/Magnesium.  Suffer from migraines? You’re not alone! There are multiple medications out there that can aid in migraines or help to prevent them, but often times it takes multiple doctors visits and multiple different pills to find the right concoction. If you have something that works, then by all means stick with it! However, if you want to try a natural route, try a daily regimen of magnesium or feverfew as a preventive medication.  You can often find these in capsule form in the supplement/health section of your local market.
  • Peppermint oil. Peppermint oil can be great for flavoring a smoothie, but it is also another natural way to soothe a migraine or headache! Just rub a few drops of peppermint oil onto your temples or forehead (or wherever your head may be throbbing), lay down, and let the oil get to work! The oil creates a cooling sensation, almost like icy hot or biofreeze, so be careful, you do not need much!
  • St. John’s Wort. Feeling anxious? Having trouble sleeping? Then try some St. John’s Wort.  This natural wonder contains melatonin that will help you sleep, but also help to improve your body’s own naturally occurring melatonin.  For best results, try taking a capsule daily.

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  • Aloe Vera.  The Aloe vera plant may be a giant, scary, it’s-going-to-overtake-your-house, looking plant, but it can be a savior. If you have a bad burn, itchy skin irritation, or minor cuts and scrapes, then cut off a piece of aloe vera, chill it in the fridge (this is optional, but helps to soothe more), and rub the aloe gel directly onto your skin.

There are plenty of other natural health remedies out there, and these only just begin to scratch the surface! However, please always be sure to consult with your physician first before trying to treat yourself and/or if your symptoms persist.

What are some of your favorite at-home remedies that you like to try? Comment below and let us know!

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Both of my ladies are fighting off colds!

6 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

Do you wish you could sleep like this?

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Or maybe you wish you wouldn’t pass or tune out randomly throughout the day like this?

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Restless nights or waking up throughout the evening are far too common, and unfortunately, this can create a terrible domino effect. If you are worried and stressed before bed, then you will not get a good nights rest, which means you will be groggy and less motivated in the morning, which means you may not workout, which then means you may make not-so-healthy eating decisions.  Then, to top it all off, you may feel guilty about the day that you just had, which leads to you feeling stressed again before bed, and the cycle continues!

So what are you to do? Here are our top tips and ways in which we have overcome restlessness ourselves.  It is not always easy, but these methods definitely can help, so give them a try next time you are feeling restless.

  • Write things down – I (Elyse) do this A LOT! Often times when I am laying in bed, I remember something that I need or want to do, like send an email to someone. But then I worry that I will forget about it the next day, and it stresses me out! As a result, I actually started writing notes to myself.  Yes, I get up, write down something like “don’t forget to call about our cats vet appointment,” and then I can go to bed feeling better.  When I am feeling lazy and do not want to get up to write myself a note, I will usually turn to David (he loves this..) and ask him to text me a message or an email with the reminder so that I will see it the next day.
  • Yoga/Stretching – Taking some time (even if only a few minutes) to get in a good stretch or a gentle yoga routine can really help prepare your body for bed.  Plus, getting in a good relaxing stretch is great for your muscles and will help you recover from your workouts.
  • Hot Tea (Caffeine Free) – Sometimes something as simple as a warm drink can do the trick! Having a hot cup of tea an hour or two before bed can really help to relax and comfort you. 
  • Listen to calming music – This is an absolute must in our house! We have playlists with calming music and nature sounds like the ocean and rainfall.  Choose relaxing music that you like, put it on a low volume, and enjoy a calming night’s sleep.
  • No social media before bed – It’s tough, we know, but staring at the screen makes it more difficult for you to relax and fall asleep.  We understand that it is fun to catch up on the day through social media and check in, but try to reduce your evening usage so that your body has time to unplug and unwind! We usually try to get off our computers and phones at least an hour before bed – but two hours is really better!
  • Breath (the 6 x 3 rule) – This is a simple trick that anyone can do! If you are lying in bed and having a difficult time relaxing, just take a few deep breaths. Try to breath in slowly for a count of 6 (this forces you to not take a quick and hurried breath), then slowly breath out for the count of 6. Repeat this at least 3 times. When you breath in, imagine you are filling your belly with air so that you do not have shallowed chest breathing. 

What do you like to do to help you unwind?

 

2015 Bloopers and Our New Year’s Gift to You!

We cannot believe how quickly 2015 flew by! A lot happened for us both personally and professionally, but with the launch of Fairburn it Off, it was a pretty amazing year, and we have all of you to thank! We will continue to work hard to bring you new workouts, videos, recipes, and more! And for our members, we have some exciting things in store for you all in 2016!

And as a thank you, we are offering discounts on our plans! We know how scary it can be to take this next step on your health journey, so that is why we make sure to provide you with all of the tools you will need to be successful!

So, when you purchase the Lifetime Guide, you will receive the Back to Basics Guide for FREE! Enter code FIONEWYEAR at checkout! Both guides must be in your cart in order for the code to be applied.

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Buy the Back to Basics Guide and receive $5 off! Enter code NEWYEAR5 at checkout!

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Offer codes valid through Sunday, January 3rd at 11:59pm est. 

And just for laughs (and to show you all that we are FAR from perfect), we put together a short blooper video for you! We thought it may help give a little extra motivation the next time you think you “messed” up a move or looked “weird” working out!

 

At Home Ab HIIT Routine

Happy Fairburnin’ Friday! Today we are bringing you a 10 minute ab HIIT routine so that you can start your weekend off with a quick sweat session!

Do this routine as soon as you wake up or whenever you have a few extra minutes to get in an added workout! See below for the follow along video and printable. By the way, you’ll notice a cameo appearance halfway through the video!

Ab HIIT Routine

Warm up:
20 Tipsy’s
10 Standing Pike Crunches
20 Seconds High Knees

Workout:
10 Side Plank Dips (right side)
20 Second Plank
20 Seconds Mountain Climbers
repeat (do left side plank dips second time around)

20 Ankle Reaches
20 V-Sits
10 Plank Jacks with a Tuck Jump
repeat (last set of tuck jumps, aim for 15 to 20)

Cool down and stretch

Remember to refuel and hydrate! Members of our plan can try one of the many smoothie recipes (the Live Aloha is great) for a quick way to replenish, or you can try this smoothie recipe here.

Happy Friday!